Dec 22, 2008 8:34pm
Re: Name some memorable Banter moments
this one's easy...
Taft Auditorium, Cincinnati - Oct 30, 1971
an apparently small venue, so crowd voices echo around the hall. it's keith's first show (?). phil introduces him after Loser. It's also being broadcast on radio, making all the banter a little funnier...
Jerry starts getting annoyed at the crowd after Playin'
"Alright, alright... You don't have to scream at us."
Introducing Ramble on Rose, Jerry says, "This is one we laughingly call Rambling Rose," followed by a "Ha ha ha ha" from Bob. Then the sh!t hits the fan.
A, shall we assume chemically-altered, fan is audibly screaming, 'Play Truckin'' over and over. "Why won't you play it?' he asks.
"We don't know it," someone says. After which Jerry says, "Eat it. Eat it man, eat it."
He doesn't stop, prompting this from Jerry:
"Come on man, come on man. You gotta be cop? Is that it? 'Play Truckin'. Play Truckin''... We'll play whatever we like."
Jerry continues: "'Course, that's not saying you won't like it. You might like it too. It might be alright. It might be something perfectly o-kay."
"What about all those people that may not like Truckin'?" Jerry continues.
"Well, how 'bout it man?"
Then, from the audience (or the band maybe): Why don't YOU play Truckin'?"
Then Phil injects some needed levity: "We realize we're wasting valuable time folks, but it's really okay, in the long run."
Then a classic Bobby moment... "You folks sitting right up there in the lip of the balcony [stutters] might want to watch out, cause any minute now they're going to be dropping a whole load of live chickens on you."
Sugar Mag ensues. After which the 'Truckin' calls continue.
Phil: "Alright this one's for you. This is the one you've been waiting to hear."
Jerry: "Yeah, we know man. We know. We hear you."
Bob: "We're gonna pause for about 3 or 4 seconds and scratch our asses and think it over."
[sounds of scratching on strings]
Then.. a blistering Truckin!!